The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 4-8 Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 S. John 6: 35, 41-51
Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat (THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY) 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer.
10th Sunday after Trinity
Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble
servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask
as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: HEALTHY EATING
We live in an age of food awareness. We’ve become accustomed to looking at the jar before buying it, to see if it contains artificial colorants, E-numbers, too much salt or an overdose of caffeine. And we’re not averse to diet supplements either, pouring dozens of pills down our throats each week to ensure that we’ve got all the right levels of vitamins and are not iron deficient.
Perhaps more than any other generation we have the medical knowledge about the relationship between what we put inside ourselves and our corresponding physical and mental health. And, of course, we want to live for ever!
In today’s gospel Jesus tells us that our spiritual health centres around the eucharist. Eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ is the Christian’s principal sustenance, what keeps us going in faith.
There are those who act as if the eucharist were simply a ritual that we perform, a sort of social, religious action. Others view it from afar. They see communion as the sacrament reserved for those who are already holy, for good people. So they go only rarely. Both of these viewpoints give the impression that we can do without the eucharist.
In fact, the eucharist is the indispensable diet for Christians. For communion is the climax of a wider action in which we gather as the Church to listen to God’s word informing our way of life, in which we bring all our needs and those of our world before God that they may be transformed by the Holy Spirit, and then we enjoy the most intimate union possible with God and each other by sharing in the food and drink of life.
If we eat nothing but chips and hamburgers, we become what we eat: we become fat. If we are people of the eucharist, we become what we eat: the Body of Christ, the Church. For the eucharist is the action by which the Church is brought into being. It moulds us into God’s people and as such can never be a mere optional extra.
As Jesus might have said, “Your fathers took diet supplements, yet they are dead. But whoever eats the living bread will live for ever.”
WORD OF GOD
Elijah got up and ate and drank,
and strengthened by that food
he walked for forty days and forty nights.
(I Kings 19:8)
WORD FOR TODAY
Communion is not a reward for good people. It’s the medicine for people who know they are in need, the food for those whose journey is arduous. Today Jesus tells us to eat the bread of life. Without this support the journey can seem interminable, but with it life never ends.
O LORD OUR GOD, grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart; that so desiring, we may seek, and seeking, find you; and so finding you, may love you; and loving you, may hate the sins from which you have redeemed us.
THE REASON THAT WE NEED GOD is because we need to know who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. So in a sense it doesn’t matter whether you become conscious that you are looking for God at the beginning of your journey, or at the end, so long as your journey is leading you back to him. The truth is that God is loving us back into life every minute of every day, whether we know it or we don’t know it.
(Cormac Murphy O’Connor)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Jeremiah 41, Mark 2:23 - 3:6, Acts 3: 11-end
Tues: Jeremiah 42, Mark 3: 7-19a, Acts 4: 1–12
Wed: Jeremiah 43, Mark 3: 19b-end, Acts 4: 13–31
Thurs: Jeremiah 44: 1-14, Mark 4: 1-20, Acts 4:32 - 5:11
Fri: Jeremiah 44: 15-end, Mark 4: 21-34, Acts 5: 12-26
Sat (BLESSED VIRGIN MARY): Isaiah 61: 10-end, Galatians 4: 4-7, S. Luke 1: 46-55
NEXT SUNDAY: Proverbs 9: 1-6, Ephesians 5 : 15-20, S. John 6: 51-58